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A Wonderful Entry In The DC Universe

Movie: ‘Wonder Woman’

Up until now, Marvel has easily dominated DC when it comes to cinematic universes based on beloved comic book characters. Marvel consistently hits home runs with titles like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which was nonstop fun from the opening credits, and base hits with characters like “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man.” (Should I be using sports metaphors in a review of a comic book movie?)

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John Carroll Lynch: From Actor To Director

Movie: ‘Lucky’

Norm Gunderson has spread his wings.
John Carroll Lynch, best known for playing the husband to Frances McDormand’s Marge in the movie “Fargo,” has stepped behind the camera to direct “Lucky,” a feature film that will be shown on the closing night of the Berkshire International Film Festival on Sunday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. (For details on the festival, turn to Page 8.)

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Around The World In 80 Films

Movie: Berkshire International Film Festival

Nowadays, with film festivals sprouting in every town, village and burb like dame’s rocket on our roadsides — and with the mother of them all, Cannes, just winding down in France — it’s nice to know that the Berkshire International Film Festival, or “BIFF,” has established itself as a serious and thoughtful presenter of top-notch work.

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Memoir To Movie

Movie: ‘Year by the Sea’

Empty-nester Joan Anderson was shocked and angry when she learned her house had been listed for sale. Her husband, Robin, then told her he was being transferred from New York to Wichita, Kan., so they would buy a house there. 

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Predictable, But Full of Action

Movie: ‘Alien: Covenant’

The great drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs held that a successful horror movie is one where anyone can die at any time.
If that’s true, then Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” is the new gold standard.
In the latest installment of the Alien franchise — this one is a sequel to 2012’s “Prometheus,” if you’re keeping track — Walter (Michael Fassbender) is the conscientious “synthetic” in charge of the Covenant, a ship carrying colonists to a new world on a journey that will take seven years.

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Merlin’s Magic Couldn’t Save This Film

Movie: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’

Guy Ritchie’s over-the-top take on the beloved King Arthur myth is a fiasco. Unless, of course, you are devoted to digitized landscapes, scenes so dark you can hardly see the action, sloppy editing, an often incoherent script and computer-generated creatures — enormous elephants at the beginning and a giant, slithering snake later on. 

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It Lives Up To The Original

Movie: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is an object lesson in why Marvel comic book movies are so much better than DC comic book movies. And yes, I realize I’m going to set off debates among tens of readers with that statement. But hear me out.
Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies were dark, in terms of both cinematography and tone. And they worked, because Batman is a dark character. Seriously, Bruce Wayne is one twisted individual. Plus he’s dark and brooding, and he always assumes, and finds, the worst in people.

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Fast & Phooey

Movie: ‘The Fate of the Furious’

The first movie I reviewed for The Lakeville Journal was “Fast & Furious” — the oddly titled fourth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise — in 2009. The Compass editor at the time knew I had a degree in cinema and was expecting something along the lines of Andrew Sarris or Pauline Kael. Instead she got a minor league Joe Bob Briggs. 
I set the bar nice and low with that first review by becoming the first and only Journal movie reviewer to complain of insufficient nudity. And I’ve been shoving that bar lower ever since.

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Gaiman, Fuller Talk ‘American Gods’

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Neil Gaiman is a storyteller. Through his soothing tone and carefully chosen words, the acclaimed author mesmerized a packed house at Bard College on April 15 as he discussed “American Gods” — an upcoming television show based on his 2001 novel of the same name — alongside executive producer and co-showrunner Bryan Fuller.

Food Fit For A Doctor

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The latest season of the sci-fi series “Doctor Who” debuts on BBC America on Saturday, April 15, at 9 p.m. It’s a noteworthy premiere because it marks the final season for both Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor and showrunner Steven Moffat, as well as the introduction of a new companion named Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie).

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